McEvoy Street Housing

Mediating between the large-scale industrial grain of Alexandria and the fine grain residential precinct of Erskineville.

Project team:
Andrew Burns, Dmitriy Lewicki, Ethan Gao, Tiffany Liew, Nicholas Bucci, Connie He, Jordan Silver

Lightwell - bridges enhance the journey to the apartment.

163-173 McEvoy Street comprises a multi-residential development of 163 apartments with ground floor retail component. The commission was received via a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition.

The project is located at the interface of the industrial context of Alexandria to the south and the fine grain residential context of Erskineville to the north. The proposal mediates between these two scales and characters, calibrating the architectural response to each. A group of three robust masonry forms are presented to the primary McEvoy Street frontage, reinterpreting the heritage masonry forms of the context. The masonry base is capped by a row of metallic volumes with sawtooth roof expression.

Lightwells introduce light and ventilation, while stripping out low amenity floor area and enhancing the journey to the apartment.

A terrace typology expression to the Lawrence St frontage mediates the fine grain context of Erskineville.

A range of innovative sustainability measures are incorporated, enabling the project to achieve a 6 star NatHERS rating. Naturally ventilated lightwells punctuate the depth of the plan, enabling a significant proportion (70%) of apartments to be naturally cross-ventilated without reliance upon the noise affected McEvoy Street frontage. The naturally ventilated lightwells provide supplementary natural light to the dwellings, balancing light throughout.

Lightwells introduce porosity in multiple orientations.

Leading Sydney artist Jamie North has received the public art commission. His work 'Assemblage' references incidental growth of vegetation within industrial structures, embedding this concept into the masonry walls on the McEvoy Street frontage.

Public artwork 'Assemblage', by Jamie North.

Axonometric diagram - a weave of sawtooth roof forms caps the building.